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Advancing Honey Harvest With Drone Tech

Advancing Honey Harvest With Drone Tech

2019’s Australian eChallenge has recognised the potential of the winning team’s concept of an innovative way of pinpointing when honey will be ready to harvest.

As reported, Beecognition has won AU$ 16,000 in prize money for its creators and over AU$ 5,000 worth of expert guidance from business consultants.

About the Initiative

The project will be assisting apiarists in maximising their honey harvest as well as growing the market.

The team is composed of students from the University of Adelaide who used their knowledge of hydrology and geotechnical engineering to find a way to decrease the costs associated with collecting honey.

The idea came during a lecture in which a guest speaker from the honey bee industry outlined a few key areas that needed improvement.

Currently, the only way to determine if eucalypts are in flower is by visual inspection. Climate change has caused an increasing unpredictability to flowering events.

Thus, beekeepers would often travel large distances only to discover that bees are not producing any honey.

With their engineering skills, the group of students took the challenge of finding a way to identify when flowering events are most likely to occur.

Drones are to be utilised to remotely monitor sites and collect images that will show the apiarists when eucalypts are in flower.

In addition, the team also wants to develop a model that helps predict future flowering events based on historic data on rainfall, temperature and flowering events.

By using the Beecognition solution, apiarists will save time, limit the cost of travel, and reduce their impact on the environment.

The Australian eChallenge

The Australian eChallenge is an annual competition-based learning experience that develops strategic business thinking for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures. Run since 2001 by the University’s Adelaide Business School, the pre-accelerator program is a proving ground for future entrepreneurs. It is Australia’s longest running program of its kind.

Professor Noel Lindsay, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Entrepreneurship, and Dean of Business – Adelaide Business School, explained that the Australian eChallenge helps students in several ways.

It helps builds entrepreneurial capability, helps develop new ways of thinking about problems and solutions, and helps increase their capacity to think creatively and act decisively.

By tapping into the South Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem the Australian eChallenge connects the business community to students, academics and the general public.

Connecting these like-minded individuals through the program creates a great energy and it is through this stimulating education process that new entrepreneurs are born.

Teams pitch business proposals for their new, previously unfunded business concepts to potential investors from the local business community.

They compete for cash prizes. The total cash prize for 2019 was a pool of more than AU$ 180,000. They also get the prestige of being awarded the most outstanding Australian eChallenge entrepreneurial venture of the year.

Forty-nine teams, consisting of 180 participants, took part in the competition. Competition streams include Tertiary, Agri Food and Wine, and Medical Innovations.

Protecting Wildlife Through Drones

Several initiatives have utilised drones in the protection of wildlife.

One such initiative is from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury. OpenGov Asia earlier reported on drones to doctor endangered species of humpback whales.

Advances in technology such as drone technology, infrared imaging and data-processing have created unique opportunities to help whales survive.

Meanwhile, drones and virtual reality (VR) are being used to protect Australia’s koala population.

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) used the mashup of high-tech 360-degree imagery and heat-seeking drone cameras, along with traditional techniques of ground surveys, to identify areas most likely to be home to koalas.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.